Brad Hogg, the former Australian cricketer, feels that Marnus Labuschagne could be a perfect candidate to replace an injured David Warner at the opening spot for the third ODI against India at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
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Warner suffered a groin injury while fielding in the second innings and he has been ruled out of the final one-dayer scheduled to take place on Wednesday and the upcoming three-match T20Is that would commencecf from December 4 with the first contest in Canberra.
Hogg lauds Labuschagne’s batting style and technical prowess
Labuschagne’s temperament and his ability to build an innings is something that will benefit the Aussies greatly in the years to come. Though he didn’t get an opportunity to bat in the first ODI, he received one in the second match of the concurrent series wherein he scored 70 off 61 deliveries with 5 fours. He forged a 136-run partnership with Steve Smith (104), and later an 80-run stand alongside Glenn Maxwell (63*).
So far, the 26-year-old has played 11 innings, and at the number 4 spot, he averages 45.33 with a tally of 408 runs, along with a century and 2 half-centuries.
Hogg, who played a key role with his spin prowess in the Australian limited-overs side in their golden period, took to Twitter and posted,” No Warner, Labuschagne’s batting style would thrive as an opener in ODI cricket. Definitely Australia’s best option to open with Finch in the final ODI. #INDvsAUS #Cricket.”
Pat Cummins and David Warner to gear up for Tests
D’Arcy Short, who has impressive numbers in Australia’s T20 tournament – Big Bash League (BBL) – has been roped in as Warner’s replacement for the solitary ODI and later the T20I series.
Also, pacer Pat Cummins has been rested from the remaining limited-overs contests to get him prepared for the much-coveted Border-Gavaskar series that would be played from December 17-January 19.
“Pat and Davie are critical to our plans for the Test series. Davie will work through his injury rehab and in Pat’s case it is important all of our players are managed well to keep them mentally and physically fit throughout what is a challenging summer,” Australia’s head-coach Justin Langer was quoted saying to Cricbuzz.
Australia is currently at the top of the points table in the ongoing World Test Championship with seven wins, two losses, and a draw in 10 matches played so far and a total of 296 points under their belt. Langer further spoke on the importance of the World Test Championship and how crucial it is to win a Test series at home.
“The priority for both is being fully prepared for one of the biggest and most important home Test series we have played in recent years, especially with World Test Championship points up for grabs,” he added
Australia will now lock horns with India for one last time in the 3-match series and will certainly eye for a whitewash victory over Virat Kohli’s men.